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Laserblast (1978)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  1 March 1978 (USA)
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A teenager stumbles upon an alien weapon, which transform him into a grotesque killer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Milford ...
Billy Duncan
Cheryl Smith ...
Kathy Farley
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Tony Craig
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Sheriff
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Deputy Pete Ungar
Barry Cutler ...
Deputy Jesse Jeep
Mike Bobenko ...
Chuck Boran
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Froggy
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Colonel Farley
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Doctor Mellon (as Roddy McDowell)
Rick Walters ...
Mike London
Simmy Bow ...
Gas Station Attendant
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Franny Walton
Wendy Wernli ...
Carolyn Spicer
Michael Barrere ...
Hip Kid (as Michael Bryar)
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Storyline

Alien creatures kill a mutated alien creature in the California desert. Its remains, and the high-tech laser gun and power source accidentally left behind, are found by an ostracized teenager. However, the power source causes the teenager to mutate too, and he goes on a murderous rampage. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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alien | desert | gun | laser gun | laser | See more »

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Billy was a kid who got pushed around... Then he found the power See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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1 March 1978 (USA)  »

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Alienígenas na Terra  »

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Trivia

Makeup artist Steve Neill plays the alien who is killed in the opening scene. See more »

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When Billy first finds the laser and figures out how to shoot it, he puts the amulet around his neck and continues to shoot. But in the scenes where he is shooting after he dons the amulet, he is still holding it in his hand. See more »

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Roddy McDowall's name is spelled McDowell at the end. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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why laserblast is a masterpiece of bad cinema
30 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i won't waste time explaining why laserblast is a terrible film. all the other reviews have covered that subject well enough, and they are ALL right... but i will tell you why i love laserblast... it's an allegory, based on the fact that absolute power corrupts absolutely. young Billy Duncan accidentally stumbles across a piece of alien technology- a laser-cannon- and slowly devolves into a mutant killer. the best scene in the movie is when he finds the weapon-- his confusion and tentative exploration of the device... and once he picks up the power-pack that drives the weapon, his thrill of discovery is overwhelming. just look at the gleam in his eyes when he discovers what he can do. (and wouldn't you do the same if you found something like that?) so the movie sucks, but the overall story carries a very real and poignant message. the stop-motion alien effects are another high-point. i say laserblast is a masterpiece of bad cinema, because if it were to be remade by more talented film makers, the story would be just as relevant today. look what happens when perfect killing-power is placed into the wrong hands.


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